Latin artists rush to cover bluegrass giant Smokey River Boys with Spanish versions of their songs

Bluegrass giant The Smokey River Boys (ASCAP) have a song catalog that is loved in both English and Spanish. The group which has been on Time-Life Warner, MCA Universal and now on Platinum Plus International has been covered by every Latin group throughout Mexico. In Latin American countries like Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador their songs are just as popular as in English. In Brazil, their catalog is the top Brazillian cover catalog for all of bluegrass.
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June 21, 2013 - PRLog -- Beverly Hills, CA - Nashville, TN - New York, NY -- The blistering hot catalog of ASCAP'S Smokey River Boys is getting airplay throughout Latin America, South America and worldwide as international radio stations nominate the group for seven major awards in 2014.  The Academy Of International Recording Artists has nominated the group for Bluegrass Group Of The Century, Bluegrass Group of the Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Single of the Year, Video of the Year, Songwriters of the Year and ASCAP members of the year for International radio and television stations.     When you search online for the Smokey River Boys catalog, their songs have become standard "cover" ASCAP songs in Latin America.  In the past several years, all of their songs and especially their Christmas songs, have been translated into Spanish and covered by hundreds of performers through various karaoke companies in Latin America.  Santa's Kicking Up His Country Heels Tonight has become the club standard for Christmas in Mexico's dance clubs. Their ASCAP melodies are used in almost all of Mexico's dance clubs because of how short the songs are and how easy the melodies are to loop back around again and again for various Salsa dances. The boys are "kings" in the club scene in Mexico City and are more popular than pop artists.        The Smokey River Boys songs were first translated into Spanish, then came Portuguese, German and Japanese through the international web site Then their songs became huge hits in Dubai where they were translated into Arabic and later into Chinese.  Groups in these various countries have covered their songs using karaoke tracks provided them by companies that have licensed the music through Universal Music Publishing (ASCAP) in the various countries where translations took place.  In fact the Smokey River Boys were the "most collected on" catalog by ASCAP in international markets for 2012-2013. Their melodies are some of the "most played" melodies in all the world.     This is an absolute ASCAP cutting edge international success.  This powerful (PRO) Professional Royalty Organization has licensed the songs and catalog of hits written by their lead singer, Robert D Metzgar (ASCAP) and his mother Janie West Metzgar (ASCAP).  Members of ASCAP for over 75 years,  the two generations of songwriters have written over 200 plus ASCAP songs and now they have been translated into over 35 different languages because of the demand for the lyrics through    The Smokey River Boys were first signed to Time-Life Warner, then MCA Universal and today to Platinum Plus International Records.  They have sold millions of records on Warner Brothers, MCA Universal and today on Platinum Plus International. Their 12 albums are some of the greatest bluegrass works in music history.  The group was elected to the Legends Hall Of Fame in 2003.  They are the #1 selling bluegrass group internationally for the past 3 years with their latest song "All Pure Country" going to #1 in the New Music Weekly Chart,  a debut at #75 in the Music Row Chart and going to Top-100 in the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and # 1 in the Billboard Bluegrass chart for March 2013.     For further information on the worldwide catalog of the Smokey River Boys, please contact the following:    Robert Metzgar, Manager  The Smokey River Boys  330 Franklin Road  Brentwood, TN  37027-3282  800-767-4984 (toll free)  615-321-0600 (main)  615-338-4497 (fax)    Wynne Adams  Theatrical Agent, Movies, Television and Radio  725 Moore's Court  Brentwood, TN 37027  615-495-7375    *To contact Mr. Metzgar, send an email to and he will respond to your request within 48 hours

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